However, the long rumoured Poco F2 never materialised. We did see the Poco F2 Pro, but that also cost more and had flagship specs. Now, we finally have a true successor in the form of the Poco F3. Here's everything you need to know.
When will the Poco F3 be released?
Poco's F3 officially launched alongside the new X3 Pro at an online event on 22 March 2021 - head to YouTube to watch the event back if you'd like.
The F3 is set to arrive in the UK in April 2021 - this is likely to be somewhere between 1-6 April, although a specific release date is yet to be revealed. We'll update this article as soon as we know more.
How much does the Poco F3 cost?
The Poco F3 is a global launch, so we already know UK pricing information. The baseline model gets you 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for £329/€349, while stepping up to 8GB/256GB will cost you £349/€399. That's set to be even cheaper if you take advantage of the early bird promotion, which drops the prices to €299 and €349 respectively.
What are the Poco F3's key features?
Poco has described the F3 as 'The Real Beast', and it's got some impressive specs to back that tagline up. The big one here is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 870 chipset - that's essentially an overclocked version of the Snapdragon 865+, 2020's flagship processor. It's not quite the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 888, but combining with an Adreno 650 GPU and 6 or 8GB RAM should ensure excellent performance across the board. There's also 128/256GB UFS 3.1 fast storage, as well as the 5G support we've come to expect from mid-range handsets in 2021.
Elsewhere, the other big feature is a 6.67in AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and 360Hz touch sampling. The resolution is only Full HD+, but this super-smooth display should lead to an excellent gaming experience. The screen is housed within tiny bezels, with a single punch-hole camera cutout just 2.76mm in diameter.
That's where you'll find a 20Mp front-facing sensor with face unlock support, although there's also a side-mounted fingerprint sensor if you prefer. Flipping the phone over reveals a set of three AI-powered rear lenses - 48Mp main, 8Mp ultrawide and 5Mp telemacro. The Poco X3's impressive cameras for the price suggest it will be a similar story on the F3.
The 4520mAh is fairly average on paper, while 33W fast charging is standard on modern smartphones. It's via USB-C, with no wireless charging. Despite not including it in the name, there is also NFC support, alongside Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1
All this comes within an impressively slender build - just 8mm thick - while regular white and black colour options are joined by the more-eye catching blue variant. Here's a full summary of the specs you can expect:
- 6.67in Super AMOLED 2400 x 1080 display with 20:9 aspect ratio
- 120Hz refresh rate
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
- 6GB/128GB, 8GB/128GB, 8GB/256GB, 12GB/256GB combinations
- 48MP f/1.8 wide camera
- 8MP F/2.2 ultrawide camera
- 5MP telemacro camera
- 20MP wide angle selfie camera
- Wi-Fi 6
- Bluetooth 5.1
- 5G LTE
- USB-C charging
- 4520mAh battery
- 163.7 x 76.4 x 7.8 mm
The Poco F3 was launched alongside the Poco X3 Pro, a high-end version of the regular X3 that launched in 2020 and currently tops our budget smartphone chart. Read more about both phones here, or check out our discussion of the pair in our Fast Charge podcast: